Whether it’s on TV, in movie theaters, or in the pages of the comic books that spawned them, you can’t turn around these days without seeing superheroes. Not that I’m complaining, mind you. I mean, I’ve made no secret about my crush on Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man. But as much fun as these characters are, it’s kind of hard for some of the younger crowd to really relate to them. After all, it’s not like they’re dealing with things like school, socializing, or fashion faux pas when they’re not out saving the world. That’s where TinyCo’s new mobile game, MARVEL Avengers Academy, comes in.
MARVEL Avengers Academy takes the cast of characters from Marvel and reimagines them as college age students at the newly minted (and still under construction) Avengers Academy. Players will recruit Marvel heroes and villains as students enrolling in the school, teach them how to use their powers, and even build up the school with new classrooms, dorms, and superhero necessities like aircraft hangars and shooting ranges. Imagine “The Avengers Meets Saved by the Bell” and you’ll start to get a good idea about the game.
Building on that whole hipper, younger superhero theme, TinyCo pulled together a surprisingly talented cast to voice this fresh faced version of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The game features Dave Franco (Now You See Me, Neighbors) as the smooth and charming Tony Stark, Alexandra Daddario (both Percy Jackson movies, American Horror Story: Hotel) as the hyperactive fashionista, Janet Van Dyne (a.k.a. the Wasp), and Colton Haynes (Arrow, Teen Wolf) as the God of Thunder, Thor.
Haynes pointed out that he’s no stranger to the world of spandex and superpowers. “I have more experience with Super Heroes and the supernatural than some, but this is the first time I’m playing an actual god. Thor literally brings the thunder, and has helped build people’s passion for Super Heroes for over 60 years. I was excited that this is a really fresh take on the character, being a young adult going to college. It was great working with Marvel and TinyCo on bringing him to life in MARVEL Avengers Academy.”
TinyCo even picked up WWE superstar (and fodder of memes everywhere) John Cena to lend his voice to Marvel’s gamma-irradiated powerhouse, the Hulk. Talking about his role as the Jade Giant, Cena said, “I had a ton of fun playing one of my favorite Super Heroes ever, the Hulk! In MARVEL Avengers Academy, this is a Hulk that has to exist in an environment with ‘rules’, not just ‘smash’. It really allowed me to show some lesser-seen sides of the big green guy that people might not experience in the movies. It’s was great getting a chance to work with crew at Marvel and TinyCo on this awesome project.”
MARVEL Avengers Academy was officially released last week for both iOS and Android devices. The game is free to download, but like most free-to-play games, features in-app purchases ranging in price from $1.99 to $99.99 (Wow! Does anyone EVER actually pay that much at once for a mobile game?). On the upside, that cost is for packages of either gold coins or crystals, which can also be earned through various in-game activities.
Game Title: Marvel Avengers Academy
Publisher URL: http://www.tinyco.com